Morning Links: More love for Rivers

October, 1, 2013
10/01/13
10:50
AM ET
Good morning. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert highlights the play of San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers in his weekly quarterback report.

Seifert notes that after committing 47 turnovers in the past two seasons, Rivers has just two turnovers in 2013. Says Seifert:
Rivers rebounded and finished strong after the Dallas Cowboys returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter, completing 20 of 24 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns after that point. His deep touchdowns to running back Danny Woodhead (26 yards) and tight end Antonio Gates (56) were perfectly placed. Overall, Rivers completed 35 of 42 passes for 401 yards. His completion percentage of 83.6 was the highest in NFL history for a 400-yard passer. Perhaps most importantly, the interception was his only turnover.
ESPN’s Herm Edwards Insider lists San Diego coach Mike McCoy at No. 3 in his top five rankings for new coaches in the NFL this season. Kansas City’s Andy Reid tops the list. Edwards:
He walked into a team that collapsed last season because of Philip Rivers’ poor play, and he has completely turned Rivers' career around. Now, don't forget, McCoy is a guy who designed a successful offense for Tim Tebow in Denver, followed by Peyton Manning. You don't get two more different QBs from one year to the next. So he has talent in working with QBs. It has shown with Rivers, who has been very effective and efficient (11 TDs, 2 INTs) while still taking deep shots. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Rivers was 9-of-11 for 230 yards and three TDs on passes that traveled more than 10 yards downfield Sunday against the Cowboys. And four receivers caught multiple deep throws for the second time this year. So he's spreading the ball around.
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez points out Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (concussion), running back Darren McFadden (strained hamstring) and fullback <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11717/marcel-reece">Marcel Reece</a> (knee) are all questionable for Sunday’s game against San Diego.

Rick Drummond of Pro Football Focus takes a closer look at San Diego’s win over Dallas, highlighting the play of Rivers and Woodhead. Drummond writes that linebacker Donald Butler struggled.

Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at Gates’ 56-yard touchdown catch from Rivers as one of the four pivotal plays from over the weekend.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego notes that the Cleveland Browns claimed recently released San Diego running back Fozzy Whittaker off of waivers this week.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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